by A. Joseph Lynch
I. POPE FRANCIS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
FRANCIS DEFENDS CHRISTMAS: Pope Francis called out the secularists in the European Union who are attempting to remove "Christmas" from the season's vocabulary. He cited his term, "ideological colonization" - the idea that secularists are the new colonizers - and called the war on Christmas "anachronistic" because it's been done many times in the past (Which is the same argument Vladimir Putin made against "progressivism" in terms of race and sexuality. What we're trying now, the Soviets tried - and failed - in the past.). Francis was also very strong in how he considers the nations within the European Union. He rejects uniformity between the nations, the destruction of national sovereignty, and an EU that can force its policies top-down on member nations. Here are his full remarks on the subject:
"You refer to the European Union document on Christmas... this is an anachronism. In history many, many dictatorships have tried to do so. Think of Napoleon: from there... Think of the Nazi dictatorship, the communist one... it is a fashion of a watered-down secularism, distilled water... But this is something that throughout hasn’t worked.
"But this makes me think of something, talking about the European Union, which I believe is necessary: the European Union must take in hand the ideals of the founding fathers, which were ideals of unity, of greatness, and be careful not to take the path of ideological colonisation. This could end up dividing the countries and [causing] the European Union to fail. The European Union must respect each country as it is structured within, the variety of countries, and not want to make them uniform. I don't think it will do that, it wasn't its intention, but be careful, because sometimes they come, and they throw projects like this one out there and they don't know what to do; I don't know what comes to mind... No, each country has its own peculiarity, but each country is open to the others. The European Union: its sovereignty, the sovereignty of brothers in a unity that respects the individuality of each country. And be careful not to be vehicles of ideological colonisation. That is why [the issue] of Christmas is an anachronism."
JUDAISM AND HINDUISM: If you haven't watched, don't miss out on the livestreams over at Religion, Sex, & Politics from our very own A. Joseph Lynch. The past two weeks Lynch hosted a livestream on Judaism and another on Hinduism. The presentations are part of a series that not only examine the major religions of the world, but also place these religions within the context of geopolitics and the plan of divine providence.
NOTRE DAME DISASTER? France plans to "modernize" the historic church, which was brought to near ruin in a fire in 2019. Taylor Marshall weighs in.
II. AMERICAN POLITICS
WAR ON CHRISTIAN RUSSIA: In a short interview with retired Colonel Doug MacGregor, Tucker Carlson asks another question no one else will: Is the American-led efforts to defeat Russia based on the fact that Russia today has returned to its historic Christian roots?
TRUMP FOR SPEAKER? While unlikely, if Rep. Matt Gaetz gets it his way he'd see Donald Trump elected as Speaker of the House after the GOP reclaims its control next year. And yes, it's possible for this to happen even if Trump doesn't run for a House seat. It's a long shot, but we'd welcome it if there were prospects for the impeachment of Biden and Harris.
MANDATES ON HOLD: Biden's push to force vaccine mandates at businesses across the country has come under fierce attack from the courts. And now two Democrat in the Senate - Tester and Manchin - voted with Republicans to overturn Biden's mandate. And as Dr. Fauci says that the term "fully vaccinated" will soon be redefined to include boosters, the tide may soon be turn against the growing powers of the government as American's reject the overreach.
III. THE NATIONS
PUTIN-BIDEN SUMMIT: Despite neocons and neoliberals playing Chicken Little regarding Russia, Russia poses no threat to Ukraine. Its troops are stationed over a hundred miles away from the Ukrainian border and will only activate in response to a Ukrainian attack on the Donbas or if the US/NATO involves its troops or weapons in Ukraine. In the past week we've heard the head of NATO reject NATO involvement in Ukraine and as a result of the Putin-Biden virtual summit Biden has announced that US troop deployment to Ukraine is "not on the table." What's more, Putin brilliantly took advantage of the summit, called for by Biden, to demand a treaty that will limit NATO expansion eastward and the "Findlandization" of Ukraine. Putin and Russia clearly came out on top this week.
NEW GERMAN CHANCELLOR: The era of Merkel's Germany has ended. And with Olaf Scholz, the new Chancellor of Germany, it appears the nation is leaning further left. The NY Times asks if Scholz can advance the left across Europe.
"DEMOCRACY" SUMMIT - A RESPONSE: The US hosted a so-called democracy summit aimed at currying favor with some nations while snubbing others. China and Russia - which both practice some form of democracy - issued a joint response to the summit. It's well worth the read.
IV. CULTURE OF LIFE, CULTURE OF PROTECTION
AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION UNSAFE? One wonders why more Americans have died from the coronavirus under Biden's watch than under Trump's, especially when Biden has had multiple vaccines available throughout 2021. We believe the sheer amount of pressure to vaccinate, the total lack of vaccine and virus transparency, and media censorship have all contributed to "vaccine hesitancy." The latest act of censorship comes once again from Twitter, which has flagged the American Medical Association website as "unsafe" after it posted vaccine research that our big tech overlords didn't like. So much for "trust the science".
FACILITATING MURDER: John Chisholm, Milwaukee's far-left Soros-backed district attorney, had previously let alleged mass-murderer Darrell Brooks out of jail on $1000 bail after alleged attempted vehicular homicide. Why such a low bail? Thank the philosophy of critical race theory. Back in 2007, Chisholm admitted his philosophy would lead to deaths: “Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody? You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach.” And after two parents were charged because their son committed murder, can we see some charges on Mr. Chisholm?
MEDIA HYPOCRISY REVEALED: We all know the mainstream media exists to protect the political establishment and their allies. This is just as much true of FoxNews on the right as it is for CNN on the left. The left, however, has taken some major beatings as Chris Cuomo was fired from CNN (a scandal which might see the downfall of Jeff Zucker, the head of CNN). And now with the guilty verdict of Jussie Smollett - who faked a hate crime to help his career - is further revealing the leftwing media as it did everything it could to give credence to his lies, particularly because they played into their anti-Trump narrative.